Internet Shakespeare Editions

Author: William Shakespeare
Editor: David Bevington
Peer Reviewed

As You Like It (Modern)


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680
Enter Duke [Frederick], with Lords.
Duke Frederick Can it be possible that no man saw them?
It cannot be. Some villains of my court
Are of consent and sufferance in this.
First Lord I cannot hear of any that did see her.
685The ladies, her attendants of her chamber,
Saw her abed, and in the morning early
They found the bed untreasured of their mistress.
Second Lord My lord, the roinish clown, at whom so oft
Your Grace was wont to laugh, is also missing.
690Hisperia, the princess' gentlewoman,
Confesses that she secretly o'erheard
Your daughter and her cousin much commend
The parts and graces of the wrestler
That did but lately foil the sinewy Charles,
695And she believes, wherever they are gone,
That youth is surely in their company.
Duke Frederick Send to his brother; fetch that gallant hither.
If he be absent, bring his brother to me;
I'll make him find him. Do this suddenly,
700And let not search and inquisition quail
To bring again these foolish runaways.
Exeunt.